August 21st, 2008

We’ve always had a laundry room in this house, someone had built it on before we got here and thankfully left their old appliances as we didn’t have any and couldn’t afford them. But it wasn’t an enclosed room until Dad gave us his extra sliding glass door and helped Peter install it, insulate it, and put drywall up on the inside. Since then Peter’s had plans to finish painting, move the appliances back a few inches to the wall, and install a laundry sink and cabinets. Those were his projects for this summer, and with some hired help, a divine gift of a brand new set of washer and dryer, he’s done it! I feel like we have a brand new room, and now for my part, I’m going to learn how to do laundry. 😉

 Bright new laundry room! I love how clean it feels now! He’s trying to climb everything these days! The laundry sink is also his new bath, as he’s outgrown the kitchen sink. The faucet pulls out on a hose, which is fun. And he does love baths! Thank you for the new laundry room, Peter!

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August 19th, 2008

As I was working on the computer the other day Seth came up to me and started patting my tummy, and with a big grin on his face he asked me “Mommy, do you have a baby in your tummy?” I said no, but I explained that he and his brothers had been in my tummy before they were born and he said “Oh!” with a giggle and then exclaimed, “I was be’d on the other dark side!”. 🙂

Standing in front of my open window, “I smell something yummy! I smell a hike!”

Peter was driving us on the freeway the other day when a dually truck with a covered bed zoomed past us and Seth said “That truck is a car now!”.

This morning he was asking me how God made the world and I explained that God spoke all things into existance and he holds all things together by the word of His power, when he interrupted and asked  “Did God say we needed a storm to help us pick oranges?”

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August 19th, 2008

She’s been my neighbor for five years. We had the chance to move to this property because she put in a word for us when this house became vacant, and we desperately needed to move. Peter’s family had known her family for many years, but I was still pretty new to his circle of friends and didn’t know anyone very well. We were friends immediately, and our kids have become friends as they’ve been born and grown up together. Each other’s yards, houses, and hearts are havens to the other. I wish I could say we’ll be neighbors forever, but they are fortunate to be building a house down the road that should be completed by next year. And I am so very thankful that God has allowed us this wonderful experience of living next door to each other on this property.

For many months now she’s been struggling with her health as she was expecting her fourth baby. I had never seen anyone have such a hard time with a pregnancy, and yet her attitude and outlook were always faith borne and God~ward. Their fourth child was born on August 1 to an overjoyed family who welcomed him with such a celebration! He is a precious and amazing gift, and a miracle. I love you, my friend, and thank God for you!

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August 18th, 2008

Peter took the boys and a couple of their friends to an archery park where they could learn to shoot arrows safely and with good form. They all did very well and of course begged to go back next weekend!

 Jerome, one week away from getting his cast removed… He insisted he could still ride! Tapo Canyon Park Jerome only needed a little help because of his cast. I’m told some people purposefully plaster their arms for shooting arrows. Good friends and neighbors! Collecting arrows at three whistles. Taking places on the line at two whistles. And shooting on one whistle. Right before it was time to go Seth decided he wanted a chance to shoot, too. Daddy helped him. And he actually made a pretty good shot! Thank you Peter for the fun times! Um, ok. So we went to a craft store on our way home and the boys found face paints. They got into them right away and had a blast drawing on each other… Then they decided they wanted to play in the pool which Jerome hasn’t been in for two weeks, and I was hoping it would help wash some of that stuff off. Nope, not hardly. And Peter wrapped Jerome’s cast. It was not wet from the pool, just sweat. They had a great day! And the face paint got more and more elaborate!

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August 15th, 2008

 Building Robotix with Daddy It’s finished! (It was also pretty late, too. :-) And it works! cool robot Jerome took it to Papa’s house Sunday afternoon when Grandpa Charlie came for lunch. Walking his robot. He has since rebuilt it to do other stuff, too! Grandpa Charlie! We love you!

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